LAGOSIANS GROAN IN APAPA TRUCK TRAFFIC
Written by tobi adejare on March 28, 2019
Importers and Clearing Agents operating at the Lagos seaports are daily being frustrated with the avalanche of trucks blocking the ports access roads as well as the adjourning streets, thus making both vehicular and human movements a lot more stressful.
Correspondent John OBOT just back from the ports, said some of the affected areas are the Oshodi – Apapa expressway, Awodi Ora road in Ajegunle, Second Rainbow down to Apple junction and Berger Yard.
In a chat with a Clearing Agent, Mr ISHOLA Ademola, he said he found it almost impossible to clear his goods on time thereby having to face demurrages on a daily basis because of traffic congestion on the road.
Also an Auto parts dealer, Mr Emmanuel EJIM, complained of the fact that going from Ladipo auto market to Berger Automobile market has always been a nightmare for him because of trucks blockage of the roads.
Another Port User, Mr, Dan Obienu, complained that due to the congested nature of his route on a daily basis, he has been forced to pay double fares while also noting the high risk of getting knocked down by the Okadas, trying to meander their ways through the traffic.
Meanwhile, the Director General of the Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Mr Muda Yusuf in a recent chat with newsmen in Lagos, had also blamed the congestion on the roads , on the multiple check points by the Customs Officers as the main cause of the traffic, a factor he argued, has added to the high cost of doing business at the ports.
Reacting to this, the Public Relations Officer, of the Zone A, Federal Operations Unit, Lagos, Mr Jerry Atah, said the Customs Warehouses are over stretched hence the long queue of containers laden trucks which line the road.
According to Mr ATTAH, most of the containers are being detained due to illegalities they had been held for while others are waiting for detailed examination of their consignments.
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